Category Archives: Culture

Motivated reasoning

Anyone who thinks Rolling Stone is prima facie a reliable interlocutor of the religious right deserves all the false certainty and motivated ignorance he gains there. Continue reading

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God bless the socialists

We’re all deeply in debt to some cantakerous socialists for doing work nobody else thought, or cared, to do. Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Damn rackets, grievance mongering, History, Journalism, progressivism, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity, woke capital | Tagged | Leave a comment

Punching down

More than 20 states have incorporated sexual orientation into their anti-discrimination statutes. As Charlotte Allen documents in “Punching Down,” this has empowered well-educated and well-paid gays to punish less educated, less wealthy neighbors who dare to refuse to bake a … Continue reading

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What it takes to keep a man alive

I just can’t resist a good Thomas More analogy … Continue reading

Posted in lifeworks, Marriage (real) | Leave a comment

Wednesday, November 13

The status of Weimar America at the end of Wednesday. Continue reading

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Musings from the Progressive Era

We can learn, and unlearn, some things from early 20th Century Progressives. Continue reading

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New York adventures and thoughts

Geezer Roger, unlike prime-of-life Roger, is perfectly satisfied with “nice place to visit.” Continue reading

Posted in Arts and Music, Built Environment and Infrastructure, Miscellany, Playful

Phobias’ shifting boundaries

What a tangled web we weave when we abandon the sexual binary in favor of a rainbow of genders. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Sexualia, transgenderism

Adult fiction

How Wendell Berry handles a steamy sex scene. Continue reading

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Norms

The main difference between Trump and his predecessors is that the professional class / deep state / neoliberal order / whatever-you-want-to-call-it is fluent in a language that imposes a kind of regulative fiction on that chaos. Their fluency gives them … Continue reading

Posted in Political Matters, Rhetorical fallacies, Transvaluation of Values